A sold out show at The Depot in Salt Lake City, Amos Lee's Tuesday concert was the much anticipated music event of the week. And to the disappointment of fans and no doubt to concert organizers, Lee was ill and unable to perform.
With headliner under the weather, there were two choices: reschedule or play without him. Or … both. The band declared the show must go on.
The Depot offered free admission to all Amos Lee ticket holders, so a win/win situation under trying circumstances. Lee's band didn't miss a beat. They were engaging and at times incredibly funny as they highlighted Lee's rich four-album repository. “We really wanted to be here tonight and play for all of you,” said one of the members of the band. Above all, they represented well Lee's mix of rock, soul, blues, and folk.
So what about the Amos-lessness of the gig? Enter: Amos Lee karaoke, where fans were selected from the audience to show their singing prowess onstage with Lee's band. It was Lee's idea, according to the band. As the Amos Lee craving crowd got a taste of the band's vibe, they saw and heard American Idol-type performances from local wanna be Lee impersonators. Some would be stars read lyrics from a page while one in particular wowed the audience with lyrics that came easy and corresponding antics.
The anticipation for the return of the band, with Amos Lee, is stronger than ever. The concert is being rescheduled “as soon as possible.” It's just a matter of finding an open date that will work for the band and The Depot.
Disclosure: I received a photo pass to this concert. I did NOT receive compensation for this review.